Imogen @ Shakespeare’s Globe

Photo: Tristram Kenton

Photo: Tristram Kenton

Cymbeline has long been regarded as perhaps the most challenging of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”, a hodge-podge of plots thrown together without any consistency of tone or style – it’s almost like a series of sketches more than a coherent play. It’s normally best presented as comedy or fairy tale, but this gritty new production decides to dwell in the earthiness of the character’s relationships. Continue reading

Sheridan Smith Rejoins Funny Girl at Mayflower, Southampton

FUNNY GIRL by Styne,           , Music - Jule Styne, Lyrics - Bob Merril, Director - Michael Mayer, Choreographer - Lynne Page, Set Michael Pavelka, Costumes - Matthew Wright, Lighting - Mark Henderson, Savoy Theatre, London, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

FUNNY GIRL by Styne, , Music – Jule Styne, Lyrics – Bob Merril, Director – Michael Mayer, Choreographer – Lynne Page, Set Michael Pavelka, Costumes – Matthew Wright, Lighting – Mark Henderson, Savoy Theatre, London, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/

We didn’t get to see Funny Girl at the Menier and somehow missed it when it transferred too, so we were glad to hear the production would be heading out on tour. Imagine our delight when we heard Sheridan Smith would be appearing when it stops off down the road at the Mayflower too! Continue reading

Mark Rylance’s Nice Fish Extends Booking Period

nice-fish-jim-lichtscheidl-and-mark-rylance-photo-credit-teddy-woolf-jpgDue to overwhelming demand, Sonia Friedman Productions is delighted to announce that the West End transfer of Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins’ critically-acclaimed new comic play Nice Fish, will extend its run by 3 weeks, and will now play at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 11 February 2017. The West End production will open in November 2016 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with a press night on Friday 25 November. Tickets for the extension go on sale today. Continue reading

The Alchemist @ The Barbican Centre

Photo by Helen Maybanks (c) RSC

Photo by Helen Maybanks (c) RSC

After two nights of pretty intense action from the Royal Shakespeare Company I was glad to be seeing something a little lighter on my return visit to the Barbican Centre (we were in Stratford-Upon-Avon on Monday to see their new production of King Lear before heading to London and you can read our review of Tuesday night’s Doctor Faustus here). Continue reading

Doctor Faustus @ The Barbican Centre

Doctor FaustusIt’s a rare feeling to sit in the audience for a play and feel you truly don’t know what to expect – in the age of social media it’s impossible not to have a good idea what to expect, but when two men walk onto the stage at the beginning of Faustus, stare each other in the eye and light a match cast, crew and audience will all find out together who will take the titular role. Continue reading

RSC Announce 2017 Spring-Summer Season

Photo by Tara Moore. Image Courtesy of Kevin Francis Gray Studio.

Photo by Tara Moore. Image Courtesy of Kevin Francis Gray Studio.

It’s just our luck… we go away for a few days break in Stratford-upon-Avon to check out theRoyal Shakespeare Company‘s King Lear and they go and announce their 2017 season. Well, it’s a good one so just in case you haven’t heard already, here’s the news: Continue reading

Chichester Festival Theatre Announce Winter Season 2016

Ken-Stott-and-Reece-Shearsmith-in-The-Dresser-Photo-by-Hugo-GlendinningWe’re confirmed fans of Chichester Festival Theatre  here, and for us their announcement of a new season is a bit like Christmas! The Winter 2016 season has a great range of entertainment and there’s sure to be something for everyone’s tastes! Continue reading

Children of Eden @ The Union Theatre

Photo by Scott Rylander

Photo by Scott Rylander

The 70s were a hotbed for edgy takes on musical theatre so it’s remarkable that some of the shows that have lingered with us the longest share a common source – the bible. From the Lloyd Webber one two punch of the twee Joseph and the ballsy rocking Jesus Christ Superstar to Stephen Schwartz’s series of parables Godspell. It’s even stranger then when I realise Children of Eden is from 1991 as it shares so much with its predecessor. Continue reading

WATCH: The RSC present their trailer for Cymbeline

Cymbeline_PosterI was lucky enough to see the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of Cymbeline in Stratford back in May and, for a play that has always seemed troublesome, it made for incredibly engaging viewing in large part due to a stunning cast of performers and a fascinating setting. Check out the trailer here and then go see it for yourself, it transfers to the Barbican later this year. Continue reading

Casting Galore!

RAGTIME Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise CombeIt’s a casting announcement mega day, with news released today on the performers who will bring some of the most exciting shows for Autumn to life! We’ve captured three of our favourites in one place for you below, so find out who will star in Ragtime, Moby Dick and The Greater Game. Continue reading

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